ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash never thought about letting his rookie starter go out for the seventh inning.
Why with such a strong bullpen?
Matt Andriese and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, Jake Elmore hit a two-run homer and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Saturday.
“Worked out kind of perfectly today,” Cash said.
Andriese (3-2) retired his first 11 batters before allowing his lone baserunner, coming on a two-out single in the fourth by Xander Bogaerts. He struck out five in a career-high six innings as the Rays rebounded from a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox Friday night.
“On a day where Andriese threw a lot of fastballs at us, for a lot of strikes, we never got anything going offensively,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
After Jake McGee threw a perfect seventh, Kevin Jepsen gave up a solo homer in the eighth to Alejandro De Aza, who went deep for the second time in the last three games. Brad Boxberger allowed a single in a scoreless ninth for his 20th save.
“We have a lot of trust in our bullpen,” Andriese said. “The big three back there, we have a lot of confidence in those guys.”
Wade Miley (7-7) gave up two runs, five hits, two walks and struck out eight over 6 1-3 innings for Boston. The left-hander entered 3-0 with an 0.47 ERA in three previous starts against Tampa Bay.
Asdrubal Cabrera tripled leading off the fifth and scored on Elmore’s one-out drive that cleared a low fence near the 315-foot marker in the left field corner to put the Rays up 2-0. Elmore had been hitless in his previous 12 at-bats.
“When I hit it, I didn’t even think home run,” Elmore said. “All I thought was, ‘please stay fair,’ because I knew it was at least getting down (uncaught). Thankfully it did.”
Miley had thrown 16 scoreless innings at Tropicana Field before Elmore’s shot.
Rene Rivera made it 3-0 on a seventh-inning homer off Matt Barnes, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game. Evan Longoria had a solo shot in the eighth.
Tampa Bay tied a team-record with its 10th consecutive win against a left-handed starter. The Rays also did it in 2004.
Boston’s Mookie Betts had his career-best 13-game hitting streak end after going 0 for 4. It was the longest streak by a Red Sox since Jacoby Ellsbury had a 19-game streak in 2013.
Red Sox: LF Hanley Ramirez (left hand), who missed his third straight game, is not ready to swing a bat.
Rays: LHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) made what may have been his final rehab start for Triple-A Durham against Columbus. … RHP Jake Odorizzi (oblique) threw 51 pitches in batting practice and could make a minor league start Thursday. … 1B James Loney (broken left middle finger) took BP in a cage.
Red Sox: To make room for Barnes on the roster, INF Travis Shaw was optioned to Pawtucket.
Rays: INF Tim Beckham (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Durham. Beckham is expected to get some playing time in the outfield. … R.J. Harrison will become senior advisor of scouting and baseball operations in mid-July. Rob Metzler is replacing Harrison as director of amateur scouting.
Golden State center Marreese Speights threw the ceremonial first pitch.
On Turn Back the Clock Day, the Rays wore a hypothetical 1979 uniform. The Red Sox used their 1975 road uniforms.
Red Sox: RHP Justin Masterson (2-2), Sunday’s starter, is 2-8 with a 6.93 ERA in 15 games against Tampa Bay.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (9-4) will look to improve on his 1-5 record against Boston Sunday. He has a 5.18 ERA over eight starts.
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